• Mikae Natsuyama, soprano

    Mikae Natsuyama was born In Japan, where she studied Church Music at the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima. She obtained a Bachelor's degree at this same institute. Since 1992 she lives in The Hague to advance her career in early music. She received vocal ensemble training for the medieval, renaissance and baroque repertoires from Dr. Rebecca Stewart at the Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg. She obtained a chamber music diploma and a Master's degree in early music with Marius van Altena, Thea van der Putten and Jill Feldman at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She followed numerous masterclasses and courses for medieval and renaissance music with notable leading musicians in these repertoires, such as Andrea von Ramm, Barbara Thornton, Benjamin Bagby, Eric Mentzel, Pedro Memelsdorff, Marcel Pérès, Anne Azéma, and Joël Cohen.

  • Arnoud noordegraaf,
    concept, music, editor & director

    Arnoud Noordegraaf can be regarded one of the noteworthy representatives of a new generation music theatre composers. He studied both theatre (at Maastricht theatre school) and composition (Royal Conservatoire The Hague). His work defines a clear personal style, in which composition and film are closely intertwined.

    He has also been involved in large scale modern opera productions like “After Life” by Michel van der Aa, “La Commedia” by Louis Andriessen / Hal Hartley, and the Varèse project with renowned artist Gary Hill. Also he worked with Pierre Audi on the opening of the 2010 Holland Festival.

    Arnoud was a guest teacher at Aldeburgh (2006), the Gerrit Rietveld art academy (2009) and Xiamen University (China, 2008). He is often invited to lecture on the use of multimedia in music, at Aldeburgh, Dutch art and conservatories, and in China. www.arnoudnoordegraaf.com

  • Adrian Hornsby, writer

    Adrian Hornsby is a writer of rare diversity. Fiction encompasses theatre, short stories, performance art, film and radio. Non-fiction interests span impact investing, social metrics, urbanisation, architecture, emerging markets and cultural criticism. He is co-author with Neville Mars of the award-winning monster-volume The Chinese Dream (010 Publishers, 2008), and has written five internationally produced plays and two pieces of music theatre. His stories and essays, ranging from hydroponic tomatoes in the Middle East to hungover teenagers with prosthetic feet, have been published in eight countries and translated into five languages. He speaks regularly on a host of global and philosophical issues. Adrian Hornsby currently lives in London, where he is working an opera libretto.


  • Bart Visser, light and set design

    Na zijn studie Telecommunicatie op de Technische Hogeschool in Rijswijk, maakt Bart Visser de ommezwaai naar de interfaculteit Beeld & Geluid aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten en Koninklijk Conservatorium te Den Haag, waar hij in 1999 afstudeerde. Hij maakte onder andere performances waarbij zijn fascinatie voor betekenis van tijd en beweging centraal staan. Licht, ,geluid, beweging, projectie en muziek speelden daarin altijd een grote rol. Sinds enkele jaren richt hij zich meer op het theater, waar hij als maker, regisseur en speler een brug probeert te slaan tussen enerzijds tekst en anderzijds de beeldende en vertellende kracht van muziek, geluid en autonome multimediale installaties. Daarnaast participeerde hij als beeldend kunstenaar, componist, danser en performer in vele samenwerkingsprojecten, met diverse kunstenaars en theatergroepen, zoals ZTHollandia, Stella Den Haag, Dick Raaijmakers, Angelica Oei, Krisztina de Chatel.

  • Mariko Tsuboi, actress

  • Tetsuro Takei, actor

  • Rick Stout, director of photography

soprano: Mikae Natsuyama

clarinets: Michel Marang
trombone: Koen Kaptein
violin: Marleen Wester
bass: Jelte van Andel

composer, director, editor
Arnoud Noordegraaf

Adrian Hornsby

set and light design
Bart Visser

director of photography
Rick Stout

assistant editor
Bas Voorwinde

Mariko Tsuboi
Tetsuro Takei

Madama Ishibashi
Tomohiro Inumaru
Masachi Maruyama
Jeremy Harley

film production Tokyo
Eijun Sugihara
Jeremy Harley

special Tokyo thanks to:
Yuki Kosuge
Mayumi Hirano

dramaturgical advice
Marijn van der Jagt

studio solo instrumentalists
violin: Junko Naito
clarinet: Michel Marang
trombone: Koen Kaptein
double bass: Jelte  van Andel

technical coordinator
Kees van Zelst

produced by
Roland Spekle for Barooni
in collaboration with November Music

inspired by the literature of
Haruki Murakami

funded by
Fonds Podiumkunsten
SNS Reaal Fonds
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Adèle Wickert Fonds
Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

sponsored by
Smart Project Space